CAL FIRE Awards $43.5 million in Local Fire Prevention Grants
Projects protect communities, reduce fire threat and greenhouse gases.
CAL FIRE (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) this week awarded $43.5 million dollars to local organizations to reduce the risk of wildfires to homes and communities across California. Fifty-five local fire prevention projects are receiving funding for hazardous fuel reductions, wildfire preparedness planning and fire prevention education.
$2,161,776 Goes to Calaveras County Resource Conservation District
Strategically placed fuel breaks reduce wildfire hazards; provide greater safety to fire fighters by creating a defensible area; and reduce the intensity of wildfires. The proposed fuel break would protect approximately 7,000 homes along the Ebbetts Pass Corridor. Benefits from the AVOIDANCE of wildfires cannot be accurately measured, but according to the USGS, the 2018 wildfire season in California burned 8.8 million acres, releasing 68 million tons of carbon dioxide, or 15% of the state's total emissions, equivalent to the emissions from all electricity used in California for a full year. Net carbon sequestration would be due to improved forest health and growth.
Great work starts with great grants!